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2017 Georgia peach crop hit hard by weather

 

By: Georgia Farm Bureau
7/12/2017 11:47:50 AM

 

A devastating combination of low chill hours and a mid-March freeze resulted in massive crop losses in Georgia's peach industry, so much so that out-of-state shipping has been severely limited and the harvest season cut short by two months or more, according to published reports.

Georgia Peach Council President Duke Lane told Fresh Fruit Portal the losses - an estimated 75-80 percent of the state's crop - would result in the state's smallest peach crop in 35 years.

Peaches require approximately 850 hours of temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit - "chill hours" - between October and February, but an unusually warm winter allowed just 500 such hours in the primary peach growing region in the middle of the state. The warm winter prompted early blooms, which were exposed to bitter cold in mid-March, when most of the state recorded temperatures in the low 20s.

Georgia generally comes in behind California and South Carolina

 

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